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Riverside Cemetery

53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
+1 828 350 2066
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Ranked #18 of 83 attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and... more » Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Historical and picturesque, Riverside Cemetery is the place where a lot of locals come to ponder life and our connection to the past. Riverside is as much a park for the living as it is a rest for the dead. It is beautifully laid out with towering oaks, gorgeous mausoleums, statuary, gardens, ornate headstones, and meandering paths. This place is... More

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ATL, GA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

A beautiful, shady cemetery in Asheville. The graves of O.Henry and Thomas Wolfe are here, as well as thousands of others. The scenery is beautiful. Take a few hours to check it out, walk the hillsides and enjoy.

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Burial place of O'henry and Thomas Wolfe, impressive gravesites of WWI veterans including some German graves.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is a hilly cemetery which has beautiful areas of trees and shrubs. It is hilly so you can get a good workout as you seek Thomas Wolfe's plot.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Riverside is a cemetery steeped in history in a beautiful hillside setting. It is worth a stop for a quiet & reflective time.

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North Carolina
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26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Must disclose prejudice - several generations of my family in this cemetery! Wonderful topography and mature trees. Very interesting older stones, monuments, mausoleums. Closely tied with history of Asheville and Buncombe County. The terrain makes it beautiful - not just a big, flat field sprouting tombstones. Although it is a large cemetery, any particular grave or group of graves has... More

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Winterville
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

I take pictures in old cemeteries wherever I go and this is a fascinating place for it. It is a peaceful place to ruminate about the history of these families and the city.

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Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
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55 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We drove through the cemetery and it was so peaceful. Beautiful and the biggest cemetery I have ever seen. Definitely worth a visit to drive through and see this well maintained cemetery.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Enjoyed the history and quiet sense of peace here at the Riverside Cemetery in Asheville. Beautifully maintained since 1895 and close to downtown- don't miss it!

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Golden, Colorado
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

My wife and I have always enjoyed looking at cemeteries and seeing who and what interesting people are interred there. With the exception of the map which did little to help find specific gravesites, the Cemetery was beautiful, well maintained and full of interesting historical characters, including the Thomas Wolfe family and O'Henry as well as civil war generals. We... More

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